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Can a regular echocardiogram detect an aortic dissection coming?
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Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
Surgery - Vascular
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In brief: Not really
There is no test to tell u if u will develop dissection or not .
Regular or trans-thoracic echo can detect dissection in the ascending part of the thoracic aorta but can't see other parts. Ct angiography, mra or trans-esophageal echo is better tests.

In brief: Not really
There is no test to tell u if u will develop dissection or not .
Regular or trans-thoracic echo can detect dissection in the ascending part of the thoracic aorta but can't see other parts. Ct angiography, mra or trans-esophageal echo is better tests.
Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Dr. Robert Vorhies
Surgery - Vascular
In brief: I doubt it
2d echo can see the anatomy and function of the heart very well.
It can measure the size of the proximal aorta and notice plaque and calcium along the aorta as well. Unless there is dissection known or actively occurring, i don't think echo can predict one coming.

In brief: I doubt it
2d echo can see the anatomy and function of the heart very well.
It can measure the size of the proximal aorta and notice plaque and calcium along the aorta as well. Unless there is dissection known or actively occurring, i don't think echo can predict one coming.
Dr. Robert Vorhies
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